Ahead of the November 21 gubernatorial election in Kogi State and December 5 Bayelsa governorship elections, the Inspector General of police, IGP Solomon Arase has hinted that he will deploy the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, to provide security for the two elections.
The IGP however stated that the new SARS will no longer be appearing in jeans and T-shirt, with hand bands, which make the operatives look haggard, like criminals.
IGP Arase disclosed this in Abuja yesterday during the launching of the rebranded SARS and newly established police complaint response unit, CRU.
Meanwhile, the police chief did not explain why he would want an anti-robbery squad to man security at elections.
The rebranded SARS is now re-kitted with an all black uniform with an inscription of ‘police’ at the right breast pocket, while FSARS 001 is written below the left side breast pocket for operatives at the Force headquarters, Abuja and those bearing 002 are for the force headquarters annex in Lagos.
The IGP said the new SARS will be refocused and re-equipped in line with his drive to bequeath to Nigerians a reformed, responsive, operational potent and accountable police force.
He boasted that it is on record that SARS operatives have recorded daring achievements across the country. “Some of these beat human imagination and have received commendations from wide spectrum of the citizens. The resonating concern of members of the public therefore, had been their mode of operation. The force leadership is convinced that the time has come to break from the past by rebranding SARS nationwide through a phased programme that will retain their operational zeal but subsume such under sound, civil and accountable professional practices”.
The IGP assured that in the days to come, the weapon profile of SARS will be reviewed towards the engagement of less lethal technologies/weapon system such as electro-muscular disruption technology for components of their operations to reduce incidents of fatalities associated with application of lethal weapons.
“Our projection is that within the net one year, the entire SARS in all police formations would have undergone the rebranding programme and their mode of operation, dress code, orientation, ethics, and quality of service would have been subsumed under the rule of law and aligned to the expectations of citizens.

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